Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and falling pupil rolls in the South-West, Hazlegrove has continued to thrive. Pupil numbers have remained bouyant, pupil achievement is outstanding – 26 scholarships and 6 awards in 2016 as well as individual and team national champions on the sports field and national recognition for its musicians. A number of key and re-occurring themes lie at the heart of this success...
The Test of Time
The school’s history reaches back in time to 1519. As part of the King’s School Bruton Foundation, Hazlegrove is part of an educational lineage which spans nearly five centuries. The school is proud if its history and still embraces its Christian, Church of England roots. Indeed, this spiritual and cultural heritage lies at the heart of so much that goes on each day. About half of the pupils leaving Hazlegrove continue their education at King's which is also co-educational and situated within the attractive town of Bruton, nine miles to the North East of Hazlegrove.
It’s OK to be yourself
“We can only really develop, really learn, and really reach our potential when we feel good about ourselves. It simply doesn’t work if you are having to look over your shoulder all the time.” This sentiment lies at the heart of the school’s pastoral care policy. The children feel safe at Hazlegrove.
Unshackled by the constraints of the National Curriculum, the school has been able to develop a curriculum which embraces breadth and allows pupils to develop into well-rounded, robust young people who are both able and ready to engage with our challenging and demanding world.
The school rejects the invalid and stifling notion of political correctness, preferring instead to encourage children to develop a sense of personal rightness born out of conviction and experience which will give them a moral reference point in their future lives.
Education for Life
This is the generation which will help to define the middle of the 21st Century. What challenges will they face? How can we equip them, not just to survive, but to thrive in this undoubtedly turbulent and fast changing future? The academic curriculum instils a love of learning, of enquiry and of intellectual rigour; the varied games programme promotes physical fitness and engenders a real sense of teamwork; music, drama and year-group productions ensure that the stage holds no fears for anyone and the outdoor education programme promotes self-reliance and resourcefulness.
The school has a belief in childhood and is passionate about allowing the young people in its care to develop without being burdened by the oppression of early 21st Century Britain. There are no mobile phones. Internet access is restricted and monitored. The TV is rarely switched on and reading matter is managed carefully. We don’t ignore the real world, but make sure that the children can enjoy the innocence of childhood whilst still being well-prepared for the next stage in their education at 13.
The educational philosophy of the school is borne out of the corporate mind-set of the leadership team, the staff and the parents as well as the senior pupils. This common purpose gives the school strength, energy and momentum. It embraces all the key themes which define the school, it engages, inspires and defines. It ensures today’s success and safeguards the future.
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